Financial Assistance & Free Services

Dealing with cancer can get very expensive and complicated. But there are resources out there to help you with medical bills, prescription expenses, legal assistance, insurance coverage, careers, household costs and more. You can even find free services such as cleaning and transportation! Be sure to look at these resources to see what might be available to you.

Local Resources

Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP)

Provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who are age 40-64, have a low income and have no insurance or are under insured. Free services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as an ultrasound, colposcopy, or biopsy, if needed.

Alabama Medicaid

Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, individuals with disabilities and nursing home residents. These individuals must meet certain income and other requirements.

Alabama's Health Insurance Marketplace

If you don’t have coverage through a job, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or another source, the Marketplace helps you find and enroll in a plan that fits your budget and meets your needs. You can apply online, by phone, or with a paper application.

American Cancer Society’s Joe Lee Griffin Hope Lodge

Located in Birmingham, the Hope Lodge provides housing free of charge on a first-come, first served basis to cancer patients and their families during their course of treatment.

American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery

The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem is a free weeklong summer camp that serves children ages 6-18 who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor. Applications open in January of each year, and are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camps are staffed with highly trained college student leaders, along with nursing and mental health professionals. All applications are submitted online at Join in at the University of Alabama or the University of South Alabama. Need more information? Email or,

Community Soup Bowl

Located in Tuscaloosa, AL, Community Soup Bowl provides lunch meals to those in need 7 days per week.

Cory Watson Attorneys

Cory Watson Attorneys is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm based in Birmingham, Alabama. Ernest Cory and Leila Watson have advocated for hundreds of breast cancer patients, representing women and their families in defective breast implant cases since 1991. Cory Watson is proud to serve as a legal resource on worker’s rights and women’s health issues, such as breast cancer and birth control. Call us free at (877) 562-0000 or contact us at

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Joy to Life Foundation

Located in Montgomery, the Joy to Life Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. Our mission is to provide free mammograms and other breast cancer screenings when necessary to medically under served women in Alabama, provide limited grants when needed, build and support breast cancer awareness among all Alabamians, and promote over-all health, well-being, and education throughout the state.

Kimberly Fails Jones Memorial Foundation

Located in Huntsville, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide assistance and support to breast cancer patients who are in financial need.

Legal Assistance Provided by LSA

Located in Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa, Legal Services Alabama (LSA) serves low-income people by providing free civil legal aid and assistance and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty from eight offices.

Little Pink Houses of Hope

They provide FREE week long vacations for breast cancer patients and their families.

Mobile Infirmary Guesthouse

Guesthouse available for family of patients in Mobile, AL for $50-60/night.

Providence Breast Cancer Outreach Fund

Located in Mobile, the Providence Breast Cancer Outreach Fund provides financial assistance for breast cancer patients receiving care at Providence Hospital. An application process is in place for disbursement of funds. Patient assistance can be related to treatment costs, personal living expenses or other assistance as deemed appropriate by the Breast Cancer Outreach Fund Committee.

The Family Place

Located in Birmingham, The Family Place is sponsored by Alabama Power and offers three free apartments on a first-come first-served basis.

Transportation Assistance Program

Located in Birmingham, the transportation assistance program is open to any woman who needs assistance paying for transportation costs associated with attending a breast health screening or diagnostic appointment, or is in active treatment for breast cancer at a Greater Birmingham area hospital. We are working with the patient navigators at each location to facilitate the distribution of $25 gas cards so if you know of any patients who would benefit from transportation assistance, please just contact the patient navigator for your area: UAB 205-975-7312; Princeton 205-783-3243; Brookwood 205-877-2208; St Vincent's 205-939-7000; other hospitals contact Komen's office 205-263-1706.

National Resources

AC Online

AC Online has a great resource center for support for students with cancer that ranges from financial aid, scholarships, and how to attend college during and after treatment. AC Online has a comprehensive list for each state of every online college and graduate program that can be broken down by tuition amount, academic ranking, etc.

AIRS Foundation

The AIRS Foundation provides access to options and funding for breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy due to cancer. Having a mastectomy can be a serious change in a woman’s life, and reconstructive breast surgery is often an integral part of emotional and physical healing. Unfortunately, a number of women don’t have the finances to cover the procedure. That’s why we offer breast reconstruction financial assistance.

All 4 One Alliance

This group provides women with financial assistance in purchasing products they need after surgery such as breast forms, mastectomy bras, radiation bras, and compression apparel for survivors with lymphedema.

American Breast Cancer Foundation

The ABCF provides direct financial assistance to uninsured and underserved women and men of all ages for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests through the Breast Cancer Assistance Program, Community Partnership Program, and the Community Advocacy Program.

American Cancer Society - Understanding Financial and Legal Matters

They provide information on financial management and the legal rights of cancer patients and their families.

American Cancer Society - Understanding Health Insurance

Check out the financial and legal information on private and government insurance plans and sources of financial aid for cancer patients.

Angel Flight

A nonprofit organization created by a group of pilots who volunteer to arrange free air transportation for any legitimate, charitable, medically related need. Angel Flight serves patients needing transportation around the Heartland region, and can arrange transportation in other areas of the country in coordination with healthcare organizations.

Assurance Wireless

Keeping up with cancer treatment often requires a phone. Assurance Wireless provides eligible customers a free cell phone and free or low-cost data plans.

Avon Foundation for Women

The Avon Foundation for Women, specifically through the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program, links medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. The foundation provides targeted, customized approaches to help low-income, underinsured, and other marginalized populations obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.

Breast Cancer Freebies

This site lists the many "freebies" available to breast cancer survivors to help them with access to FREE wigs, hats, make-up, house cleaning, transportation and more.

Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund

Struggling to pay for the things health insurance doesn't cover? The Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund (BMCF) offers one-time grants of up to $500 to patients 18-40 who are currently undergoing cancer treatment. Typical grants cover medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, care insurance, repairs, and groceries.

Cancer 1 Source

Need help covering the cost of genetic testing, breast prothesis, wigs, medications, or other breast cancer related costs? Cancer 1 Source offers need-based financial aid!

Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers provides information, tools, and support for employees working through cancer, as well as their employers. They offer educational materials, seminars, career coaching, interactive tools for survivors currently employed and those looking for work. They cover everything from resume writing to knowing your legal rights as a cancer survivor.

Cancer Care

This program offers financial assistance for treatment-related costs, such as transportation, home care and child care, as well as assistance with copays.

Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition

The coalition helps cancer patients manage their financial challenges by providing financial education and connecting patients with financial resources.

Cancer Insurance Checklist

The Checklist compares health insurance plans to help you choose the best plan in your state if you have cancer, a history of cancer, or are at risk. The website also offers a comprehensive glossary of insurance and health care terminology.

Christians Overcoming Cancer

This faith-based nonprofit organization helps people meet personal, non-medical financial obligations while undergoing cancer treatment.

Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization that partners with maid services to offer free house cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment.

Coupon Chief-Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities

A compilation of discounts and special offers available to offset the financial strain of disability and disease!

Fiscal Tiger

Fiscal Tiger wants to eliminate the stress of medical debt by providing resources and tips to help get the treatment you deserve. They have an excellent medical term section that helps you decipher all the words you don’t understand. Additionally they have resources on medical bill basics, negotiating bills with hospitals, how to find free clinics, dealing with unpaid bills, veteran resources and so much more!

Hair To Stay

This nonprofit organization offers need-based grants to offset the expense of scalp cooling systems for chemotherapy patients.

This website offers consumer information on health and medical coverage and provides health insurance quotes. It also features state insurance guides and a health insurance glossary.

Help Now Fund

This fund provides patients in active breast cancer treatment with one-time emergency financial assistance, up to $1000, for rent and utility bills. Applications are accepted only from the 1st through the 5th of each month and must be submitted by a social worker, doctor, or nurse.

Job Accommodation Network

One-on-one consulting about job accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) over the phone and online. Their website features suggestions on how people with cancer can be accommodated in the workplace.

Just Great Lawyers - Legal Resources for Patients

This resource offers a forum to ask attorneys legal questions, and will help connect you with local attorneys if you believe your rights have been violated. Information on cancer survivors' legal rights regarding insurance, treatment, and employment is also offered.

Kristy Lasch Miracle Foundation

This organization offers financial assistance to women under age 30 with breast cancer, for medical-related expenses only. Applicants must provide a driver's license, birth certificate, medical bills, and a letter from the patient's doctor.

Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation

This foundation offers the Survivors Thrive Grant Program that benefits patients with breast cancer who have significant financial burdens specifically from medical surgeries, treatments, or hospitalization related to their breast cancer. Those within 1-2 years of treatment and with medical debt may receive this 1-time grant; 90% of funding is allotted specifically for New Jersey residents.

Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation

Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation offers financial support for mothers diagnosed with cancer to help offset the increased bills associated with a cancer diagnosis. They also offer peer-to-peer support and educational information to help young children understand what is happening to mommy.

Money Geek

This guide explains your employee rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It also offers job hunting advice, and recommendations on how to ask for accommodations at work.

My Hope Chest

Breast reconstruction funding for breast cancer survivors who are uninsured or underinsured.

National Cancer Legal Services Network

This network helps link cancer survivors with free legal services and educational resources on the legal issues cancer survivors face.

Needy Meds

This site links patients to prescription assistance, low-cost health care facilities, and other financial aid programs for medical needs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

This service connects qualified patients without prescription drug coverage to programs that will allow them to get their medication at a reduced cost or for free.

Patient Advocate Foundation

Educational information, online webinars, and live chat sessions with case managers on employment, job retention, and other financial issues. The also offer a co-pay relief program.

Pink Perfect

Pink Perfect produces realistic custom-made and ready-made adhesive silicone nipples for women who have undergone unilateral or bilateral mastectomies.

Right Action for Women: Christina Applegate Foundation

Assists uninsured or under insured women at increased risk for breast cancer with the costs of breast cancer screening.


Check out this comprehensive database of pharmaceutical financial aid programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Single Mothers Assistance

A list of financial services for single moms who need help with food, utility bills, medical bills and medications, eviction prevention, phone discounts, and more.

Smiley Wiley Breast Cancer Foundation

Patients with medical insurance who are having trouble meeting their insurance deductibles and treatment costs can apply for maximum of $5,000 in financial assistance from Smiley Wiley. Eligible patients can apply once yearly and must be currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer and have a household income of $55,000.

Surviving and Moving Forward: The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer

SAMFund offers grants and financial education to cancer survivors between the ages of 21 and 39, helping them regain their financial footing.

The Catherine H. Tuck Foundation

The Catherine Fund Grant Program provides financial aid grants for basic, non-medical life necessities to women and men with breast cancer, who are struggling financially as a direct result of the diagnosis and treatment. Patients must be in active treatment (within 3 months of breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation), have a financial hardship as a direct result of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, have less than $5,000 in liquid assets, and be able to provide documentation that they have been employed for 4 of the 12 months before diagnosis.

The Pink Daisy Project

This project provides short-term assistance for women under age 45 who are within 3 months of breast cancer treatment or reconstruction due to breast cancer. To help patients offset their budget, the assistance is provided in the form of gift cards for groceries, restaurants, and gas.

The Pink Fund

If you can't work because of your breast cancer diagnosis or treatment, the Pink Fund can provide direct bill payment for medical bills, housing, utilities, or car payments. Applicants must be within 90 days of active treatment.

Together Rx Access

Use their free prescription assistance card if you don't have prescription drug coverage to help pay for medication.

Triage Cancer's Finances Toolkit

This Toolkit will provide you with the information you need to make important financial decisions after a cancer diagnosis. By answering a series of questions, we will guide you to the information and resources most relevant to you.

United Breast Cancer Foundation

For patients who are currently being treated for breast cancer or are within 3 to 5 years of remission, this foundation offers and Individual Grant (for medical, insurance, living, and travel expenses), Holistic Care Individual Grant (for diet and nutritional services, as well as mind-body therapies and treatments), and Breast Reconstruction Grant (for breast reconstructive surgery). All eligible applicants will receive assistance. To be eligible, patients must have a household income of less than 2.5 times the federal poverty level and are required to make a "Pay it Forward Contribution" of either $25 or $50 (depending on the grant).

Alabama's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Alabama, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveAL is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveAL's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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